El Blok Hotel

El Blok Hotel

158 Calle Flamboyan, Esperanza 00765 Puerto Rico
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4.0
#2 of 2 hotels in Esperanza
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.6
Service
4.4
Value
4.1
El Blok is an iconic inn by the sea - a bar and restaurant with rooms - that aims to be a soft landing for the intrepid traveler after a hard day of relaxation. Affordable, simple rooms appointed with touch of luxe, it has a visual style like nowhere else. Colored hidrolico tiles, exposed concrete, native woods, clean, spare, exciting spaces. All this in a building that is gold LEED certified for it's sustainable design. El Blok is part sculpture, part oasis. Impossibly serene far flung beaches, great restaurants and only a few hotels, Vieques is a strange jewel of an island amongst the beauty and understated glamour of the Caribbean. 6 Miles to the east of Puerto Rico, and a short 20 minutes flight from San Juan, Vieques is in Puerto Rico's backyard...And light years from anywhere.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Patio
Taxi service
Adults only
Street parking
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
ATM on site
First aid kit
Room features
Allergy-free room
Air purifier
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Safe
VIP room facilities
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

158 Calle Flamboyan, Esperanza 00765 Puerto Rico
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 76 out of 100
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Vieques Airport
Culebra Airport
17.5 mi
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Kiwinyc wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York48 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot speak more highly of this hotel. The staff are charming, the rooms are gorgeous and well appointed and the breakfasts are excellent!
You can tell that a lot of time and thought has been put into this hotel - the look of the hotel is straight out of a design magazine, the wonderful Turkish towels for the beach (large but not cumbersome) and excellent Aesop products in the beautiful bathrooms. We were lucky enough to have a terrace with a hammock seat which was lovely.
The roof top terrace is amazing and the restaurant was fabulous - we’re vegetarian and they made us a special meal which was very thoughtful (even though there were vege options)

Do yourself a favour and check out this fabulous hotel and Vieques
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Cesar V wrote a review Sep 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my first visit to the island of Vieques and unfortunately it was for work.
The company book a reservation on El Blok hotel and it was simply perfect 👌. Kaytee the rooms manager took care of both the car that I needed to rent and the transportation from the airport to the hotel. Thanks Kaytee, hope you read this. On her days off Laine the shot el GM was graceful enough to offer her help in anything needed. Thanks Laine. Food at the hotel was the best on the Island. Do not go anywhere else looking for better tasting and presentation. Chris, one of the cooks was excellent and even gave me some tips on how to cook the best meat and hamburger ever. I tasted most of the menu and could not find anything to my dislike. Jose the bartender and his wife and server Yanira could’nt be more accomodating with me. The best service I have ever receive. Thanks to both of you.
The room was extremely clean and beds are magnificent. The location offers a magnificent view of the south coast of the island from the Pool on the top floor of the hotel. The beach is around 50 feet from the hotel.
In my next trip to this beautiful island I will definitely book this hotel.
Excellent experience.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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Flora C wrote a review Jun 2022
10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only went to their restaurant for dinner on 6/20/2022. It’s the best meal during our whole trip in Puerto Rico. Food and service were beyond expectations. We had a group of 15 people, the manager Joe, was so helpful, our table were already set up even though our reservation was at 7:15pm.
I really regretted not staying at the property for the night but the website requires minimum 2 nights stay for the date I picked. Anyway, don’t think I will go back to the island but I definitely would highly recommend this hotel to everyone!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Gerardo González wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I must say that I was very disappointed with the service, cleanliness and look of this expensive hotel. The Female manager was the rudest person I met in the Hotel Industry. The Rooms were not cleaned, they were more fixed by dirt pushers. NO VACUM cleaners onsite. Hair and cobwebs in the corners of Rooms and restaurant. All Rooms have a very damp horrible smell. I understand we are in the tropics( I am born and raised in Puerto Rico) but the general vibe of the Hotel was deteriorated. I think this Hotel was great when it opened 5-6 years ago. My good Friend Jose Enrique was the Chef and everybody loved this place when he was there. This time the Food was cold and not that fresh. I really don't know if the Hurricane has to do with it, but The Hotel doesn't look like anything on the Fotos. On the Fotos the Hotel is White, It doensn't even have any paint right now. Very depressing. Its a party Hotel, very noisy and filthy. I would never stay here again. They North American Manager in the Front desk even charged us 5$ for Hot Water, for a tea that I brought with me. She added that to our room bill without even consulting. The Locals never charged us for that. Not even in PARIS, NY or LA someone would charge you 5$ for hot water. So cheap and very low to do that. Locals that work there are wonderful, Jose @ the Bar is great.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from ElBlokster, General Manager at El Blok Hotel
Responded Jan 13, 2020
Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to review El Blok! We always find it regrettable when a guest's experience isn't what they had hoped and I am so sorry that your experience was just that. We do remember you and your stay well, as you frequently reminded everyone within ear shot of your friendship with Jose Enrique who was our chef more than 5 years ago. I will share your thoughts on the food with our Executive Chef, who was hired by JE and took over upon his departure. We have not had additional reports that room 206, the room that you occupied, had a musty smell but please know we have placed an ionizer in the room just to be sure we have removed all traces. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens when guests leave balcony doors open and the air conditioner on and while we try to capture it each time, it is admittedly missed as in this instance. I did review your receipt and it states that the $5 charge was for a coffee and not hot water, but if you review your purchases and feel this is an error, I will be happy to remove the charge for you. Additionally, please feel free to reach out to me regarding your interactions with Kaytee, the front office manager. I know the interaction between the two of you was regrettable when she defended the guests in the restaurant that you yelled at during breakfast at table 18, but I would like to get your perspective on the whole issue so that we can perhaps use it as a training moment. I encourage you to return to El Blok in the near future! I would love to meet you personally and give you a tour to see what exciting changes have been made since your friend's tenure here all those years ago and show you what El Blok is all about. Sincerely, Laine, El Blok GM since Jose Enrique was here.
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Mr. Loving wrote a review Dec 2020
Mount Vernon, New York2 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I rented a home on the Island of Vieques for 10 days. I love the Island and the people. My Nephew a Professor at the University of Puerto came to the island to visit me. When he saw how much I loved the island he decided to throw an on location Birthday Party for me. We drove over to El Blok. He chose El Blok because he is an architecture buff and love it's Brutalist Architecture. When we got there we were met with harshest form of Racism. Yes we are Black and Proud of it. We have traveled the world and never experienced such in your face racism. All he wanted was to collect a brochure. We understand the during the pandemic most businesses are closed. But Professionalism is still in order. It hurt my heart to see my nephew traumatized by this experience. We older Black Men and Woman have fought so our young people would not be treated in this fashion. Especially on an island populated mostly by the African Diapora. When I return to the main land I will be approaching The Puerto Rican Office of Tourism. We went directly to the Hacienda Tamarindo where we greeted warmly by a non white native of the island. This where will host our 25 guests for my 60th Birthday. There is no Room for White Supremacy in Puerto Rico. Go back to where you came from.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Laine Gorman, General Manager at El Blok Hotel
Responded Mar 31, 2021
Hi Mr. Loving, We've only now just been made aware that our previous response to this comment didn't appear (or remain up) and so I wanted to try and respond again to clear the air regarding your review. First and foremost, we thank you for sharing your experience with us and I want to apologize for any misunderstandings that may have arisen as a result of your nephew's conversation with our desk agent. Beginning on November 25, (the Friday after Thanksgiving) El Blok was forced to close its doors to the public for a period of two weeks due to a positive case of Covid amongst our staff. (This information is verifiable via our social media pages if you wish to fact check that). The door was locked and closed, and so when the gentlemen attempted entry by repeatedly knocking on the door (I presume, as you stated, your nephew), the agent spoke through the glass door rather than opening it because we could not allow entry to anyone. She tried to explain that we do not have printed materials on site (we are a green property and all of our collateral is available online) but there seemed to be some misunderstandings regarding this. Not allowing your nephew in to our building for a tour, had nothing to do with race. We could not allow anyone in at all by law. We were closed to the public in general. As you may or may not have noticed during your visit to an island with no hospital or medical resources in the height of the pandemic and during a community spread outbreak on Vieques, in particular due to interactions with visitors, tensions were high all around the island during your stay. Our staff were worried for their own health, for the health of their families, and for the livelihood of our coworkers in addition to even the idea that someone from our community would think we were doing business during a mandatory shut down that was well publicized within our business community. So any shortness on the part of the agent was purely due to worry and should have been clarified to you at that time. We do hope you enjoy your birthday celebration in Vieques and know that you will be in good hands with Hacienda Tamarindo. I would love an opportunity to discuss this with you face to face when you're back on island and introduce you to our team of hard working and dedicated staff so that you can get a real feel for what El Blok is all about.
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Teo G wrote a review Apr 2022
Spain3 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
When checking in, the hotel did NOT want to honor the Booking.com reservation price for the stay.

As they wanted to charge more than the contractual price, we told them we would escalate the price difference later on to Booking.com and AmericanExpress.

We were then refused into the hotel and were left stranded against our will without accomodation late afternoon/early evening (although we were willing to pay what they ask for in cash/other card).

As Vieques is a tiny island, finding a relocation was a nightmare. No flights or ferries were neither available.

Being a PLATINUM member at both Accor and Mariott, I can really say that I've never seen anything like this in my life within the hospitality sector (and could have never imagined so).

From what happened to us plus taking into account $300 per night we would NOT recommend this property at all.
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Date of stay: March 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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kohil wrote a review Feb 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota129 contributions37 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is so cool on the design and architecture which makes it almost inspirational. We stayed here for one night and it was a very pleasant experience. The food, bar and the rooftop pool were all amazing. The close proximity to the beach and it being a short walk was a bonus. The rooftop bar is only open on Sunday’s else the bar is located by the lobby.The highlight according to me was oats with coconut milk served for breakfast which was amazing.!Would highly recommend this place and be a returning customer the next time around.!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TR_from_Lee wrote a review Aug 2021
Lee, Massachusetts6 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited the last week of July. Staying at El Blok was a recommendation from a family member. The El Blok has a great location in the middle of town, walking distance to several restaurants. The rooms in the El Blok are very comfortable and a clean modern design. The front office staff was very helpful and friendly during check-in and as needed during our stay. My only complaint is the El Blok has poor communication during the pre-visit process. I sent several emails which were never answered. I also called several times with questions about our visit. No one answered the phone or returned a call from my message.
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Date of stay: July 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Some Third floor rooms have nice ocean view.
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shaunsouthern wrote a review Jan 2024
Oswestry, United Kingdom1,465 contribution1,458 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
El Blok claims to be "a bar and a restaurant with rooms". The bar and evening restaurant are closed two days of the week... Brunch is only available one day of the week on Sundays. It's more rooms with an occasional restaurant.

"Affordable, simple rooms appointed with touch of luxe, it has a visual style like nowhere else. Colored hidrolico tiles, exposed concrete, native woods, clean, spare, exciting spaces.". The rooms and corridors are 90% concrete. No doubt someone with a degree in design and blue hair thought that this was a good idea. It looks like a building site crossed with an old Victorian baths. Luxe ? The bed was decent and the shower ok, but no water in the room (there was water available downstairs) and no coffee or kettle ( again, coffee downstairs, but only from 8-10 and whisked away immediately after )

Air con was very good, nice view of the chickens for us and a balcony, and a swing and jacuzzi on the top floor, but seriously, the concrete ? It just doesnt work. Even for a laugh.
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Date of stay: January 2024
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Molly F wrote a review Apr 2024
52 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
El Blok had everything we wanted for a first visit to the island where horses roam freely on beaches and through towns and country: very attractive design, comfortable beds, large rooms, a great sunset view, and walkable to many restaurants, bars, and uncrowded beaches. The staff were very helpful in calling taxis and finding the best snorkeling tour possible with Yaboa and the most caring snorkeling guide named Rega. Although we usually never eat in hotel restaurants, LaPlacita is world class, so we did three times in one week. Especially relaxing was being able to spend hours on the rooftop reading under an awning or in the hot tub; and we met wonderful locals and visitors at the rooftop bar while watching the sunset. Friends and family now want to return with us!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Pick a third floor room for a sunset view. Have the desk book snorkeling with Yaboa and the...
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Maria M asked a question Sep 2019
Allen, Texas42 contributions9 helpful votes
Is it true this hotel has no tv.? Not sure how my husband would feel.
Red Hook, St. Thomas130 contributions50 helpful votes
My room did not have a TV. There was so much to do in the evenings I didn’t go back to the room until it was time to go to sleep. So for me that was not a big deal.
Raleigh P asked a question Jul 2019
What is the smoking policy ?
Answer from lumpyviper
Nashville, Tennessee61 contributions20 helpful votes
We did not see anyone smoking at the hotel. Across the street at the beach people did smoke.
Answer from PhyllisFP
Baltimore, Maryland247 contributions117 helpful votes
We rented a golf cart. Worked well enough.
Ingridwright asked a question Dec 2018
New York City, New York15 contributions
Hi. We are arrive dec 22. Do You provide sun umbrellas for the beach ?
Answer from Jorge B
Puerto Rico90 contributions12 helpful votes
Lady I do not work in the hotel . I am a traveler like you that stayed there . Bring some sun tan lotion because the last time I was there I don’t recall the hotel to have umbrellas. They do provide towels and beach chairs if you care for them.
ROBERT B wrote a tip May 10
6 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great views from the rooftop bar."
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Molly F wrote a tip Apr 2024
52 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pick a third floor room for a sunset view. Have the desk book snorkeling with Yaboa and the bioluminescence boat tour."
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William F wrote a tip Feb 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book ferry early or just fly… just fly."
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rachel wrote a tip Oct 2023
Covington, Louisiana1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t do the bioluminescent tour during a full moon or anything close to it. You will be disappointed."
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Liz M wrote a tip Jul 2023
16 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"No daily housekeeping. Parking in the front wherever is free"
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PRICE RANGE
$190 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
CaribbeanPuerto RicoIsla de ViequesEsperanza
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Blok Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to El Blok Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Balneario Sun Bay (0.7 miles), Malecon (0.09 miles), and Robin's Mojito Bar & Grill (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Blok Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at El Blok Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at El Blok Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at El Blok Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Blok Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Quenepo, Bili, and Bananas.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Blok Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to El Blok Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Puerto Ferro Lighthouse (4.6 miles).
Does El Blok Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is El Blok Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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